Thursday, March 1, 2007

What's so great about March? Aquamarine!! by JQJewelryDesigns

What's so Great About March?

by Jill Quisenberry

Most gem scholars agree that the tradition of birthstones arose from the Breastplate of Aaron: a ceremonial
religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel and also corresponded
with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year...

Aquamarine is the modern March birthstone and the accepted gem for the 19th wedding anniversary. It is also
the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Scorpio. According to the saga it originated in the treasure chest of fabulous
mermaids, and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailors' lucky stone. It is said that sailors wore
aquamarine gemstones to keep them safe and prevent seasickness. Modern folk lore states that it is attuned to the sea,
and protects all travelers on water - so don't forget to wear aquamarine on your next cruise!

Deriving its name from the Latin 'aqua' (water) and 'mare' (sea), Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, like the
emerald. It ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal, with the most prized
color a deep-blue aqua color. The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, but it is also mined in Kenya and
Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.

The blue of aquamarine is a divine, eternal color, because it is the color of the sky. Since early times,
aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase
intelligence and make one youthful. It is a calming crystal to the emotions and stimulates communication and
clearer self-expression. Good for meditation as it heightens mental clarity.

However, aquamarine blue is also the color of water with its life-giving force. As a healing stone, it is said
to be effective as a treatment for anxiety, tension, headaches and tired eyes. However, it is surely better
still to wear aquamarine, since according to the old traditions this promises a happy marriage and is said to
bring the woman who wears it joy and wealth into the bargain.

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